Radical Entertainment, the guys behind the Prototype franchise, The Simpsons: Hit and Run and Scarface: The World is Yours is to close its doors. The Activision owned company will still be around for a supporting role on other Activision projects but they will no longer be developing its on games from now on. A Statement to Kotaku reads:
“Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience. Radical is a very talented team of developers, however, we have explored various options for the studio, including a potential sale of the business, and have made a difficult conclusion through the consultation process that the only remaining option is a significant reduction in staff.
“As such, some employees will remain working for Radical Entertainment supporting other existing Activision Publishing projects, but the studio will cease development of its own games going forward.”
Radical Entertainment also posted a notice on their facebook page, Thanking fans for their support and assured them that the PC version of Prototype 2 is still on schedule.
“This morning Radical Entertainment went through a significant reduction in staff. We’re very proud of what we achieved with the Prototype franchise, but unfortunately, the Blacklight virus didn’t spread as far as it could. For PC gamers, rest assured that the PC version of PROTOTYPE 2 is still going to launch on July 24th as planned. And a special “thanks” to the PROTOTYPE Army and all our extremely loyal and passionate fans for supporting Radical Entertainment. We couldn’t have come this far without you.”
Sad times indeed, Best of Luck to everyone at Radical Entertainment.